TALALens2023-01-10T17:47:34-06:00

Apprenticeship Opportunities through Texas Workforce Development Boards

Did you know? Texas offers apprenticeship opportunities available through local Workforce Development Boards. A Workforce Development Board is comprised of locals appointed by elected officials, such as Mayors and County Judges. The Board is responsible for the workforce programs and services in their area. In Texas, 28 local Boards operate over 180 Local Workforce Solutions Offices. These opportunities can help pay for education costs, transportation, and in some cases, even childcare for upskill programs, such as those for CNAs and CMAs. Because of recent policy changes, Assisted Living communities can now host clinicals for CNA’s, opening the door for these [...]

By |February 3rd, 2023|

Why Do Caregivers Go: KARE Survey Results from over 1,000 Caregivers

In Q4 2022, KARE conducted a survey where 1,300 caregivers nationwide participated, along with select community managers. The survey investigated what motivates caregivers to quit.   Answers were rated on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the top factor and 1 being least factor that contributed to wanting to leave an Employer.   Caregiver responses identified low pay at 8.09 as the top reason for wanting to leave an employer followed by disrespect from management at 7.38. Third reason was poor culture at 6.87. The survey asked community management to rate top reasons why they thought caregivers leave. Management [...]

By |January 20th, 2023|

What’s at Stake for Assisted Living in the 2022 Texas Legislative Session

At noon Tuesday, January 10, the 88th Texas Legislative Session will officially begin. New state representatives and state senators will gather for a swearing in; the halls of the Texas Capitol will be bustling and TALA VP of Public Policy Carmen Tilton will be there live and in-person – you can see live Twitter updates from Carmen here.   According to the Texas Constitution, each legislative session lasts exactly 140 days and occurs every other year. Legislators have until May 29th to pass a two-year budget and any policy items. . At the time this article was published, over 1,600 [...]

By |January 10th, 2023|

COVID-19 Healthcare Relief Grants (ARPA Grants)

Grants are here – announcements started coming out last Friday regarding the status of applications for the COVID-19 Healthcare Relief Grants (ARPA grants).   Recipients who no longer wish to receive the funds need to email [email protected] by December 20, 2022, 5:00PM to have their application withdrawn. Providers who would like to accept their grant awards should wait for a follow-up email from the Health and Human Services Commission.   If you applied for the Grant Program and you have not yet heard anything (neither an award notification nor an award denial), please send an email to [email protected] with the [...]

By |December 19th, 2022|

Managing Reviews to Create a Strong Online Presence

Do you research reviews before eating at a restaurant? Do you check multiple review sites when purchasing a product, especially if it has a large price tag? Consumers use online reviews and online review sites to research and make informed purchasing decisions. From restaurants to gadgets and more, online reviews are part of the purchasing process. Most smart businesses have already been creating and running programs that encourage consumers to leave reviews on popular sites relevant for the business and industry. Regardless of your industry, if you run a business, your customers will probably use the internet to learn more [...]

By |December 6th, 2022|

New Amendment offers Competitive Advantages for Nursing Employment

As you may have recently heard, effective September 27, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopted an amendment to Title 26 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 556, regarding Nurse Aides and Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs.   What this means is that now Assisted Living communities are eligible to be designated clinical sites, allowing them to conduct on-site training for Nursing programs. Offering Nursing instruction onsite is a great recruiting and employee benefit. This gives Assisted Living communities a competitive advantage in the job market which is especially important given the ongoing Nurse shortage in [...]

By |November 16th, 2022|

New Dual Membership Program with Argentum and TALA

In the October TALAView, TALA unveiled the launch of a dual membership with Argentum. This new dual program is especially for smaller Assisted Living providers in Texas. TALA is very excited to offer this membership program because we strive to serve Assisted Living providers of all sizes and we continue to seek new ways to offer value to our members. This is a first-of-its-kind special opportunity for our smaller member providers in Texas to access – for free – Argentum benefits valued at $2,500. With this membership, Argentum includes their extensive industry research reports, white papers, webinars, discounts, member-only subscriptions, [...]

By |November 8th, 2022|

Surveys Illustrate Impact of Covid Policies on Recruiting and Retention

TALA recently surveyed our Assisted Living provider members on masking and Covid-19 vaccine policies to ascertain their impact on employee hiring and retention. Results indicate a variety of experiences however overall, most indicated that masking and infection policies have not had a negative impact on recruitment and retention. Most respondents to both surveys represented a larger network of Assisted Living (AL) communities. In all surveys, about 20% of respondents had 30 or fewer beds. At least 50% of responses indicated that Covid-19 infection protocols including masking and vaccines have not had an impact on retention. Regarding mask policies, more than [...]

By |October 27th, 2022|

NINE TALA MEMBER PROVIDERS RANKED AMONG TOP 25 BY FORTUNE

Congratulations to the following nine TALA member providers for being ranked in Fortune’s List of 25 Best Workplaces in Aging Services Senior Housing and Care: The Aspenwood Company, Atria Senior Living, Belmont Village Senior Living, Frontier Management, Legend Senior Living, Holiday by Atria, Sagora Senior Living, Silverado Senior Living, and Sunrise Senior Living. Fortune created this list based on survey feedback in the Great Place to Work® employee survey. Companies that make the Best Workplaces in Aging Services List represent the best of the Senior Living Industry and their own markings and rankings. The Great Place to Work Institute measures [...]

By |October 5th, 2022|

Recruiting Tips Here to Stay

Senior Living providers share insights on changes to recruiting that work and are here to stay. Over the past year, operators have been sharing changes to traditional recruiting efforts that have had a positive impact on their recruiting and retention efforts. Below is a brief summary of some top Recruiting Tips that Assisted Living providers say are here to stay. Recruiting is managed just like the sales process. Hold weekly recruiting meetings among hiring managers to review candidate traffic metrics, hiring, offers, and more. Review hiring expectations and goals. Expectations are set for quick response times to candidates, just [...]

By |September 22nd, 2022|

Recruiting with the Sales Process Works!

In TALA’s February Blog, the recruiting question was asked, "Is the answer in senior living sales strategies?” On March 8, 2022 a Senior Housing News article, ‘Sales People Could Recruit’: Juniper, The Springs Living Harness Sales Processes, Talent to Confront Labor Crunch, by Tim Regan and featuring TALA Member, Lynn Katzmann of Juniper Communities, the question was answered with a resounding YES!  The article describes the industry challenges to recruit and hire staff at the start of the pandemic. As salespeople were on pause to move residents in, Juniper realized an opportunity to leverage the skills in sales people in [...]

By |March 17th, 2022|

Recruitment in 2022 – A Race To Win Candidates

Today’s job market is forcing Senior Living operators to rethink response times to applicants. Is the answer in senior living sales strategies? 2021 presented the industry with the most challenging recruitment environment in the history of assisted living. Providers have adapted to pandemic level staffing as if it is a new normal.  The hopes of workers returning to pre pandemic times, which was not so great before, is long gone. The Great Resignation has affected senior living as many workers have stopped working for various reasons shrinking the applicant pool even more. So, the race begins to attract job candidates [...]

By |February 2nd, 2022|

Early Retirement Impacts On The Labor Pool

A large majority who have left the workforce are older Americans. Can senior living operators tap into this pool of potential future job seekers? Individuals have left the workforce for a myriad of reasons since the start of the pandemic. Some due to layoff, health concerns, child care, or any number of other personal reasons. However, among those who have left and are not returning, no group is larger than older Americans who chose early retirement. Nearly 70% of the 5 million people who left the labor force during the pandemic are older than 55.… CNN Business reports The impact [...]

By |December 22nd, 2021|

Leaders Feel Stress Too!

What support is available and how can leaders spread the word to staff? The December TALA Hour sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency highlighted the importance of identifying indicators of stress and the toll it takes on us all. Leaders feel stress too! is a topic to help leaders recognize the need for self care while also identifying signs of burnout in others.  Guest speaker Glenna Hecht, an accomplished speaker, trainer and certified HR Guru, points out the far too often reality where leaders are simply not aware of what benefits already exist in organizations such as Employee Assistance Programs [...]

By |December 14th, 2021|

Attitude Of Gratitude

Do opportunities lie within a recruitment and retention strategy when viewed with an Attitude of Gratitude? As we head into the holidays, the time to reflect back with immense gratitude to all who serve in senior living is with greater meaning this year. The pandemic has lingered on with uncertainty and strain on communities and all those who support them. Yet, so many individuals continue day in and day out to show up with a positive attitude and serve.  Thank you!  Thank you all for your ongoing commitment, for the endless extra hours and efforts, and for the dedication to [...]

By |November 22nd, 2021|

TALA Survey Results: The Future Of Recruiting

Survey results share insights into the future path of recruiting The Future of Recruiting TALA Workforce Development Committee workgroup was tasked with surveying senior living professionals to compile a list of best recruitment platforms used in today’s environment along with best applicant engagement practices.  A survey was completed in July of 2021 with 78 senior living professional respondents. The survey revealed insights into the future path of recruiting. Over 80% of companies who responded are using job boards, such as Indeed, as their primary source of recruiting, with social media advertising as a close second at 70%. Almost all report [...]

By |October 26th, 2021|

Where is everyone? Crickets

September 2021, Rose Saenz, Vice President of Workforce Development, TALA Working to understand why recruiting frontline staff is so difficult Driving around town, help wanted signs are everywhere! So where is everyone? According to the Texas Labor Market Review as of August 2021, the Help Wanted Online Index (HWOI) has increased 9.1% from just last month. Wage and Salary employment increased over the month in July by 80,900 jobs with 10 of 11 major industries adding jobs. The unemployment rate has dropped to 6.2% in Texas with 876,900 people unemployed. Supply and demand is not in sync. Texas HWOI shows [...]

By |September 2nd, 2021|

Diving Into The Needs Of Today’s Workforce

From the desk of Rose Saenz, VP of Workforce Development, TALA Senior Living operators are all too familiar with challenges in attracting and retaining employees. Prior to the pandemic operators experimented with technology, bonuses, and other ways to draw interest into the workforce. Now, the pandemic has shifted priorities from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’ actions.  It comes as no surprise to operators that employees want good pay, good benefits and a good culture. What has taken the spotlight is ever rising pay. The pandemic and political pressures pushed frontline worker wages in some markets from what was considered [...]

By |July 30th, 2021|

Creating A Culture Of Empowerment!

From the desk of Rose Saenz, VP of Workforce Development for TALA Communities across the industry are witnessing, in real time, extremely high turnover rates and lack of engagement from staff. A recent analysis of nursing facilities published by the Journal Health Affairs based on Payroll-based Journal (PBJ) reporting looked across the US in 2017 and 2018 of more than 15,000 facilities studied off federal data, reviewed 492 million shifts worked by 4.4 million staffers. The findings concluded 95% staff turnover rates primarily noting RNs, LVNs, and CNA’s as the main positions affecting the high turnover. These results are pre-pandemic. [...]

By |April 8th, 2021|

Staffing Challenges Related To The Pandemic

From the desk of Rose Saenz, VP of Workforce Development for TALA Communities across the industry are experiencing added staffing pains related to the pandemic. In a recently published white paper by OnShift titled, Survey Report Workforce 360, over 2100 senior living professionals were surveyed. A 22% year over year increase use of staffing agency was reported to fill critical shifts. Many surveyed noted the increase use of agency is a direct response to pandemic related needs. If you are feeling alone facing increased staffing pressures in 2020, know that 67% of those surveyed noted recruiting and hiring qualified job [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|
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